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  1. This is my fist grow. Ive followed the WBS bulk grow tek outlined here. Ive used ZTubs as my fruiting tek. And I really wish I'd started a grow log like it was suggested to me in the beginning! Next time I will. So a week or so ago this tub appeared to possibly be contaminated. I'll try to find pics that I posted of what looked like maybe cobweb. I decided to open up tub and treat with h2o2 and try to save it. I had another tub starting to fruit, so after spraying I set it aside and honestly kinda forgot about it. Then I saw that it was starting to pin so I began nursing it. Misting and fanning. This is what I've ended up with. They smell fine, and nothing visibly different with them. So what do yall think? Safe?This last pic is what the "contamination" looked like. I know its difficult to determine much from pics, just curious about opinions. Thanks!
  2. Hey guys, I'm new to the cultivation of mushrooms and i need a bit of help figuring out if this blue-ish green marks on my cake is contamination or just bruising. Any feedback would be appreciated and also let me know if the pictures aren't good to tell. Thanks for the support.
  3. Well its my first time growing and I felt ambitious so I tried bulk. four jars look good but ones gone bad. at first I thought it was ok and it was just the dark seed color giving it a green tinge but princess said it was done for she was right. oh well 4 out of 5 ain't bad. I'll keep a log of pics and updates and I'll probably ask for help but I'm glad we found a forum. here's some pics of the contaminated jar
  4. Im not sure what to make of this slight discoloration in my spawn..
  5. Do you think it's time for a second flush after I take out the mature shrooms? All other pins are stalling. Some are slightly blue and some seem normal. If I need a second flush can anyone advise me if I need to pull any of the pins before dunking? In one of the photos you can see some spores accidentally dropped but that's the only spot. It just sorta seems like it's dried out and I don't want to lose all the pins I have if they aren't already aborts... I've already collected an oz dry from these 3 tubs if that info helps, I just feel like I should be getting more from my first flush on 3 dub tubs p.s. when I try and start a topic im extremely limited to the categories I have to choose from. Like a lot are showing but are unavailable for me to click on, not sure if this is because I'm new here or something but I want to make sure I'm starting topics in the correct categories
  6. I have had a few problems with grain to grain transfer with my mycelium jars. I have attempted it twice and failed both times. From start to finish, here was my order of operations: -Built a room with the cheapest material I could come across in a bedroom in my home specifically for grain to grain transfers. The room is made up of 2x4 planks and plastic sheets. -Before entering the room, I staged rubbing alcohol (90%), non powdered nitrile gloves, paper towel, the jars with sterilized grain (I know that the moisture content was correct in these; I've brought 18 quart jars to fruit since I've started and fully understand that grains must be hydrated but not wet to the touch), and the fully colonized grain spawn (which I broke up beforehand). I also made sure to shower and wear clean laundry before entering the room. -I went into the room, I put on my nitrile gloves and sterilized them with the alcohol. I sterilized the air by spraying Lysol at the top of the room, on the walls, and in the air. Shortly after I wiped down the desk and chair with alcohol. Once the furniture was sterilized, I began wiping down my jars. On my second attempt I took extra care in this step. I wiped the jars down twice and re-sterilized my gloves each time I finished wiping down 4 jars. After wiping everything down, I sprayed the air once more with Lysol. -Immediately after sterilizing, I calmly but quickly loosened each jar a quarter turn. Once I was confident that there were no contaminants in the air, I re-sterilized my gloves, opened up the mother jar, and began dumping a decent amount into each jar one at a time. The jars were closed as quickly as I could close them after each transfer. I did not use a flowhood, surgical mask, or hairnet but I was careful to only breathe through only my nose during the procedure. I held my breath each time I opened a jar of grain for transfer. the contaminants ranged from green mold to bacteria. Does anyone have any advice for me? Everything I read from other forums doesn't seem to give me a solid answer although I could very well be looking in the wrong places.
  7. Hi there fellow growers, brand new to the site. Since starting have had no problems with contams, injection port and polyfill made for 100 inoculation rate. Transferred some to plastic containers others to the fridge until I need them. They tookover the coir/verm substrate quite fast. After 5 days threw them in fc, mycellium tookover everything. This is day 5 of fc and no signs of piining, now I'm worried contams are starting. If you look in the pic there's 2 small light yellowish looking spots. However they have not grown in size since they appeared. Temp 74 humidity 93 or above fanning 3 times and have perlite under them. Thoughts if contams and if it's going to pin?
  8. Hi everyone, I'm growing shrooms for the first time and was pleased with initial stages and transition into the terrarium. There, after a few days, I began to notice something strange: http://tinypic.com/r/309ih6h/9 http://tinypic.com/r/e7o5zk/9 http://tinypic.com/r/4hfe37/9 http://tinypic.com/r/zv7ekk/9 The first three images show a blue something covering the majority of the cakes and some parts of the shrooms. (I was worried about the caps but I read up that the dark purple areas are just spores.) Is it bruising or contamination? I wiped some of the blue spots with a clean Q-tip and nothing came off, which suggests bruising, but it's so widespread that I'm worried. The three blue cakes are also the only ones that I dunked, so maybe that caused the excessive bruising? Or exposed them to contaminants. Also the color definitely seems *blue* to me, but could it be green mold? I'm wondering if in that last pic I've got cobweb. The guide said that white fluffy mycelium will cover the cakes after the first few days, but after reading about contaminants here for a few hours, I'm starting to get paranoid. Or perhaps just reasonably worried. I'd love to get some input about this from more experienced growers. Thanks for your time!
  9. Pardon another noob question, I feel like I should know the answer to this... So I was out of town for a tad longer than expected and I come back to find that my GT have jizzed spores all over the cakes. Are the cakes ruined, or are they okay? And if they're not ruined, can I scrap spores off of them to use? Or are the spores contaminated? The first pic is the mushrooms before harvest, the second is the nekkid cakes after harvest.. Again, I'm new at this, so if you're super mean and condescending, I will run away crying. Or maybe just make a rude gesture toward the computer and fart in your general direction.
  10. Hi, I've got some very "unlikely" looking Cubensis Cambodians out of my growbox. Unlikely because of the stripes or dark spots and because they look so shrumpy/wrinkled (both on their cap, the stem looks fine from what I know). Here are some pics of them: Box from above: Box from the side: Close-Up wrinkled and striped Shroom: Close-Up not so wrinkled but striped Shroom: Opened cap (looks normal for me): And for reference how the first flush out of the same box looked: Does anyone has an idea what this could be? It doesn't look like an extraneous substance to me, so I don't think its ordinary mold.
  11. 3rd time trying to post this.. Hope if works this time.. My lowdown> Liquid culture colonized with south american. WBS and rye cleaned and soaked in hot water for 2-3 hours. 1/16 hole in metal lid, tyvec on top of lid with high temp gasket maker on the tyvec. Pressure cooked at 15psi for 15 min. My question is how dry can the spawn get? It seems dry to me but this is my first time doing this tek. I usually do verm/BRF cakes.
  12. So I started out with 3 spore syringes and ended up with 12 jars the first 6 I used 2 syringes and only got 4 of the "Orissa India" and 2 of the "Creeper"! For the second batch of 6 I used 1 full (B+) syringe and got all 6 jars! ( First time using syringes ) So I just wanted to know how these look I know the one has a bit of black forming on it and was curious if this is normal? Also they seem to be colonizing different from others could this be because I let my vermiculite get to moist, or possibly packed to tight because it is so moist? Anyways here are some pictures. So these 2 pictures are the same jar the "Creeper" strain I can see 2 small black dots forming and was wondering if this is normal or some type of contamination? Any information or some advice would be helpful! Below are some shots of the "Orissa India" strain I think these ones are not doing to well due to the amount of moisture I left in the vermiculite. Once again any advice would be helpful I have been searching the forums but just would like someones opinion to put my mind at rest. These are the 4 jars I feel have to much moisture and compared to the other 6 are not doing as good. So below is the second batch I did I learned from the first one being more careful with syringes and to make sure the vermiculite is perfect field capacity! but anyways here's the rest of them! This one here is going a lot slower then other 5 for some reason. Thanks for all the help and getting me started on this great learning process but if someone could give me some advice that would be fantastic! Thanks, Knewfie! Stay Safe!
  13. Here is a 6qt tub that I spawned 16 days ago. It's one of three. The other two colonized great. This one did nothing. On the sides and bottom none of the grains put out any myc into the sub. I was surpised to find this stuff on top. There is cube myc on one side, and something I haven't seen before on the other. There was also a spot of green down in one corner but I already put my camera away. It's smells like a rotting apple at the bottom of a tree. You know, the ones we would throw at each other as kids. It smells of alcohol too, but not as strong. When I spawned them I remember 2 jars were not right when I banged it on the bike tire. They were kinda wet and mushy. I knew something was up with them but I tested them out.
  14. This is my first grow and I thought it was going well until I heard about cobweb contamination. Can someone identify if I do have a contamination? Thank you.
  15. So i have some cube syringes that i would like to bury in the earth in a safe container to hide them as well as kkep them preserved..i know i will have to do my own research but i was wondering if you all could give me advice maybe a better idea or improvements or genereal knowledge of the idea i understand cube syringes can last long periods of time at room temp say 72 degrees so couldnt i just figure out the geothermal depth thats equivelant to 72 and put them in a air/earth/water tight container to preserve them..also in my location its cold outside 31-42 daily
  16. ok so ive had my ear to the streets and i have heard about a process to extract the good chemicals in shrooms and make them into a paste that can then be rolled into tootsie roll wrappers to look like tootsie rolls with all the same fun as the real shrooms i found some info here http://www.shroomery.org/forums/showflat.php/Number/5778771 but i dont trust the shroomery site as they dont seem to know much...you will have to do a small bit of reading to see what everyone says..theres also breif instructions on how to make the goo...does anyone on here know of this? a how to tek? also any other info would be greatly appreciated thanks
  17. So I birthed a few cakes today and saw some clear node like things protruding out? No smell or anything. Can't seem to find anything about them. Has anyone else ever seen them? Can't get a clear picture but they are clear/transparent bumps.
  18. I did a search and nothing about this came up here on the forums or on Google. Wasn't sure where to post this. Alright so I use a pressure cooker to sterilize my jars, but here's the dealio. I moved to this new apartment because my lease was over and this new place has a glasstop stove. I heard that you aren't suppose to use a pressure cooker on a glasstop stove. I haven't used my pressure cooker in almost a year so I completely forgot how this thing even looks like. I take it out and placed it on the stove and what do ya know, it starts rocking around. The bottom of this thing is convex and I didn't even know it! I wanted to test it out to see how well it boils so I put some water in it without the lid, set it on high and waited about 15 minutes. I came back to check on it and it was barely bubbling. Usually it'll take about a minute or two for a strong boil even with 6 cups of water. Is there another way to sterilize jars without a pressure cooker? I feel like simply boiling them in a normal pot wouldn't sterilize it enough. Am I doomed? Is this real life?
  19. So i was at my local post office and saw the flexible paper like tyvek along with the cardboard like tyvek...i grabbed both and was thinking since i have been using the cardboard tyvek and had success what if i put the paper like tyvek over it? maybe double the protection or harm gas exchange im not sure....i mean in the sense of the CB tyvek over the lid, then the Paper tyvek over the CBTyvek.....with the standard ship on top of the Paper Tyvek...would this help?
  20. I am going to post my thoughts on the necessary features a microscope needs to have!! COMPOUND MICROSCOPE 1. Oil immersion lens 2. 1000x plus magnification 3. Ocular micrometer eye piece 4. electric light source 5. controls to move stage mechanically 6. both a fine and course focus knob 7. standard interchangeable fitments If I have left anything out please add to the basic list!! Remember this is for the basic beginner microscope. Enjoy! PLEASE READ MZ's post below for other great options. I am going to get what he is talking about for sure!!!!
  21. Please, can someone tell me if this LC looks carmelized? Malt/Karo LC Tek PC'd for 25mins at 15psi. If it is a bit carmelized can it still be used with good results or is this a no, no? Thanks for the help in advance!!
  22. Does Vemiculite need to be sterilized before using it? Or, can I use it right out of the bag? I understand the PF TEK and that it would be sterilized in a P.C. I am asking if it needs to be sterilized when doing the dunk and roll technique? Or, when using a little at the bottom of a Z-Tub? What is the best way too sterilize the Vermiculite?
  23. so i just got some ms syringes from Sporeology..i got Golden teachers Cambodians and Ban Hua thanon, i also recieved some freebies....Creeper, Redboy, and texas...id like info on all strains that you all may find helpful anything you can tell me about the first 3 would be appreciated..any info about the last 3 would be greatly appreciated as i have never heard of them.
  24. so today im making some grain spawn to inoc with a lc..so as a experiment i took my chosen lc from the refridgerator and put it in my incubation closet..maybe thinking itll stimulate the growth and itll colonize faster in my wbs since it had time to adjust from cold to hot..but when i went to look at it this morning the myc was no longer sitting on the bottom of the jar..but instead floated to the top and seemed to break apart much easier ...should i be worried or is this normal?..i apologize but there will be no pics...no camera
  25. Hello! This is my first post. I've been reading these forums for a long time, and have recently decided to take up a mycological hobby. I've dabbled in the past (but very little) with some success using BRF cakes and following RR's videos with the PF Tek. I have some general questions that will be peppered throughout the post, but my main question/concern is the LC I made, and concerns vacuum and sterility issues. Before asking my question, I will provide as much (relevant) information as possible. Also, I like parentheticals. There will be a lot of (statements and questions). Forewarning, this post is very long. I thank you in advance for your time spent reading it, and even more so for any response you may provide! I recently ordered 1 syringe of GT from Sporology. I decided in the few days after it arrived and I gathered some supplies that I'd noc 3 liquid cultures first, then a couple nights later do 7 WBS jars. I intended on using 1cc per jar, LC and WBS. I've read extensively (pretty much every post on this site the contains any information about LC), and watched videos dozens of times, trying to gain as much from others experiences as possible. That being said, I do realize that these were less than ideal conditions.. I decided to use SHIP only lids for my LC. Funds were short, the trips to a variety of stores were many (coarse verm is hard to find around here!), and I figured since I knew about the vacuum issue going in, I could just deal with it accordingly. I originally intended on creating a PCed polyfil/tyvek syringe to release the vacuum. I had trouble finding syringe needles, and the hobby budget was empty, so I made the (in hindsight, rather poor) decision to use the vacuum to my advantage. I read a post where MZ said that myc would grow in a vacuum (or at least near anaerobic conditions), and not having the proper items to make the breather ports for the lids (didn't want to use a hole with MP tape only, this doesn't seem safe enough and several people reported consistent tam issues doing this), this seemed like a good idea. So I made my 3 SHIP only lids (https://www.shroomology.org/topic/63-beyonds-cheapeasy-lc-lids/) and let them cure ~30+ hours. I then made my LC with 1qt mason jars (not wide mouth, should I use wide mouth for this? Or for WBS jars? Are there advantages to either for LC or WBS? I don't plan on making cakes anytime soon.. or ever) following MZ's recipe of 600ml distilled water and 2 tbsp of Karo () (at bottom of page). I actually used a baster I had with ml measurements to measure 30ml. At this point, though it was never mentioned in the tek (or any LC tek for Karo only I've seen), I stirred up the syrup until it fully dissolved in the distilled water (Is this bad? I assumed it would dissolve thoroughly during the PC process anyway). I have an obsession with stirring things, I didn't even really think about it until I had stirred all 3. At this point, I cleaned the pressure cooker, dried it, put my racks in the bottom and put water in. I covered the lids of the the 3 LC jars with foil, and made sure the rings were loose but would stay on the jar. Put the heat on high, got the pressure up to 15 psi, and adjusted the heat over the next 5 minutes to get it the weight to rattle right around every 30 sec. 30 minutes later, I turned the heat off. As per the instructions provided with my PC, I removed the weight a few minutes after the pressure dropped to 0, as to not cause a vacuum inside the PC itself, which makes it difficult to remove the lid. 12 hours after heat removal, I replaced the weight, as I didn't want any air exchange within the PC. ~40 hours after I turned the heat off, I was ready to crack open the PC. I was hoping extra cooling time and assuredly loose lids would deter a vacuum from forming, though I remember someone mentioning that a vacuum ALWAYS forms (this makes sense, the lid has a gasket material that seals it to the jar, loosening the ring doesn't break this seal) This is where things become less than ideal, and I may not have properly followed the tek (I didn't, obviously, or you wouldn't be reading this very long post!). You haven't read about a GB yet because I haven't made one yet (again, funds. I'm now thinking this maybe should've been the very first thing I invested in supply wise, but several people mentioned that with the SHIPs, open air noc is possible without tams). I figured with everything basically soaked in alcohol and thorough flame sterilization (I used my butane micro-torch instead an alcohol lamp, it works really well!) I probably wouldn't have any tam issues. So I wiped everything down with 91% iso, including the PC itself, and cracked it open. I wiped my hands with fresh soaked alcohol pads between touching anything, just incase. Open air being less than ideal, I figure I need to compensate for it. So I open the PC, and immediately tighten the 3 lids. I pull them out of the PC and set them on the sterilized surface. (Mistake #1: I did NOT sterilize the air in this room. I know, I know...). I turn on the torch, set it to the side so it doesn't ignite the alcohol fumes, and re-iso my latex glove-covered hands. I remove the foil from the jars (Should I maybe leave it on until I'm actually wiping the lid/SHIP and noccing? In hindsight that sounds more sterile) and to my surprise I notice a white filmy substance on one of the ports. There was moisture inside the foil covering the lid, and not the other 2. There seemed to be a small amount on the lid that actually came out of the SHIP. It wiped off immediately (I pitched the iso-soaked paper towel I wiped this with) so I didn't think much of it. I figured I'd noc this jar last, just incase the substance was of a biological nature. I wiped the lid and SHIP of the first jar very well and left the paper towel covering the lid. I removed my syringe from the bag, and the needle. I wiped the syringe down with iso, and shook vigorously for 30-45 seconds. I removed the cap, opened the needle from its sterile packaging, and attached to syringe. I flamed entire needle to bright glowing orange (up to the plastic without melting it, maybe 1.5cm from the plastic) and cooled it with iso-soaked paper towel that hadn't touched anything yet. I was very, very focused on sterility. So much so, I forgot about the vacuum. I carefully but quickly removed the paper towel from the lid, and inserted the needle through the SHIP. Of course, the syringe immediately started being pulled into the jar, and very quickly at that(Mistake #2). At 8cc left, I got my hand on the plunger, but I couldn't stop it from happening and didn't think fast enough to just remove the syringe. My original idea was to do this but very carefully let the vacuum pull just 1cc. I didn't know the vacuum would be so strong either. Now I have 10cc of Sporology GT spores in a 1qt Karo only LC jar. That's no good. I only need 1 LC to get started, and I knew MSS to LC wasn't ideal, so my back up plan was if just one of 7 WBS jars made it, make a GLC from it immediately before fruiting. I had studied making syringes from spore prints on here, so I thought "I can sterilize this syringe, pull some of the spore-rich fluid from Jar 1 and put it in Jar 2!" Before doing this, I released the vacuum from jar 2. I didn't have polyfil, and wasn't thinking clearly. I put 3 layers of MP tape over the plungerless syringe I just emptied, and taped the living crap out of the sides to ensure a seal, and used this instead of a polyfil syringe (Mistake #3). I flamed and cooled before insertion. Interestingly, I went to equalize Jar 3 (the one with a residue that wiped off), and it had no vacuum at all. This worried me, so I called this jar done at this point. (I set it in my closet as a control to see if it tams. Whether it does or not, I will check the SHIP on this to see if It wasn't sealing properly) I boiled water for ~15 minutes, and pulled the still boiling water into the syringe, shook it a lot, and pushed the rest of the water out into the sink (not back into the boiling water). I did this 5 times, let it cool, shook jar 1, flamed needle to glowing, cooled with iso-soaked paper towel, inserted needle in jar 1, and removed 10cc of liquid. I saw a couple little spore clumps in the syringe. I flamed and cooled again, and put the 10cc into Jar 2. I repeated this process to pull a total of 30cc of liquid from Jar 1 to Jar 2. I estimate after this exchange, it's about the equivalent of noccing Jar 1 with 9.75cc of the original syringe and Jar 2 with 0.25cc. Was this a bad idea? Is this mistake #4? Should I have just left it at the 1 jar and just ordered another syringe?. This was 24 hours ago, and I haven't checked on the 2 jars. I put them in a TiT inc that has stayed at a constant 77 degrees for the last 3 days. I'd go a bit warmer since I'm just incubating LC right now, but it's not an adjustable aquarium heater, it just stays at 78. I know higher temps are better for most tams, also, but I figure with this if it's tammed it's tammed, and I won't really be able to do much about it. Honestly, I just wanna know if I should order another syringe today, or if anyone thinks either jar actually has a chance of making it after this whole debacle. I didn't provide pictures because I haven't opened the tub yet, and it's only been 24 hours. I appreciate any and all responses, especially to the smaller questions peppered through the post. I would also like to thank everyone that has contributed useful information to these forums! This is a wonderful source of information with well-informed, experienced people that are helpful. It's well maintained and friendly, and I'll never go anywhere but Shroomology and Sporology for my mycological needs. I hope to be able to contribute useful information and posts in the future. Mush Zombie, you are a deity among men. Thank you so much for everything you've done and continue to do for this community. This is something I've been interested for many years, and I hope to one day turn into a career. You've helped inspire me to try to realize one of my dreams! You'll be the first invite to tour my myco farm if/when the time comes!